Entire team gave up defensively, it wouldn't have mattered if Crosby and Malkin were on the PK units. The ENTIRE TEAM GAVE UP DEFENSIVELY...I don't get what part of that people have a hard time understanding, to be honest.
If Crosby and Malkin themselves were also playing mediocre defensively, would anything have changed? No, Fleury wasn't stopping the pucks and the defensemen and forwards decided checking was something you only do in the regular season, not the playoffs.
Pens problem was that they stopped believing in their own system and played it so loose that they became their own worst enemies. It has nothing to do with playing your star player on the PK. Those other teams have to just to be decent, people say Giroux is on the PK, well without him, the Flyers pK is even worse, what were they like 17th ranked? They NEED to use him, Pens don't "NEED" to use Malkin or Sid on the pk. But playing them near the end of the PK isn't a bad idea and it has been done a few times. I am ok with that, out of a 2min pk, Sid & Geno playing 30 seconds of it.
No the Pens problem was they could never stop Philly's PP. If we had even a decent PK we would be in the 2nd round. We actually were outplaying them 5 on 5 for the most part.
Philly scored 12 PP goals (12/23 or 52%). They had 12 ES goals (not counting empty netters) to our 17 ES goals. Get a better PK and we win the series.
Last edited by MrBurgundy: 05-16-2012 at 10:39 AM.
Excellent video and great choice of music. Most videos like these seem to always be set to some kind of heavy metal song and it was refreshing to hear something different. Kudos to you on a job well done